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Computational Science is widely recognized as a critical means to solving many of today’s most challenging problems.  The analysis and knowledge gained from working with the incredible data explosion produced by massive experiments, observations and computer generated models is leading to solutions at an unimagined pace. Data-Intensive discovery (the fourth paradigm of scientific research), and Multi Scale Interdisciplinary  approaches are becoming more prevalent in the way that Science and Engineering is generating...

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CCS Celebrates Innovation at ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian

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CCS Celebrates Innovation at ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian

In Washington, D.C., for a weekend getaway, graduate student Marissa Lisenbee stumbled on a most unexpected sight when she decided to explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History last Friday. There, on the first floor, her physical therapy teacher was demonstrating an ingenious device that employs music to help amputees learn to walk again. “I knew he was working on prosthetics, but I didn’t know what his project was,” said Lisenbee, who is in her second year of UM’s physical therapy program. “And I had no idea they would be there. I was really proud to see UM in the American History Museum.” U Pride ran strong throughout the inaugural “ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival,’’ which, presented by the Smithsonian and Virginia Tech, showcased the formidable creative and innovative muscle of the 15 universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference known for multiple national sports championships. Among the 47 interdisciplinary projects selected by an ACC committee through a peer-review process, UM had three: The device that puts a physical therapist in an amputee’s pocket; An immersive game that simulates how marine mammals use echolocation; and A digital mapping project that aims to document ramshackle settlements where millions of the world’s poor literally live off the map. Of the 15 dramatic and musical performances presented over three days by some of the institutions’ most talented students, UM was the only school chosen to repeat its performance, a rousing tribute to Ella Fitzgerald commemorating her 100th birthday and performed by the Frost School of Music Jazz Concert Band and vocalists from its Vocal Performance Department. For many museum-goers who, like Lisenbee, stumbled upon the extravaganza that took over the museum’s West Wing, ACCelerate was an eye-opening taste of the creative exploration and research at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design at ACC schools. But for the participants, it was an honor that elicited disbelief.   ReLOAD system “A bucket list item you couldn’t dream up—something you never imagined would happen,” is how her instructor, Ignacio Gaunaurd, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, described the opportunity to demonstrate the Rehabilitative Lower-Limb Orthopedic Analysis Device (ReLOAD). A first-of- its-kind collaboration among UM musicians, biomedical engineers, and physical therapists, the patent-pending ReLOAD system helps amputees develop correct walking patterns on their prostheses with a clever reward—music borrowed from their own playlist. Composed of an iPad and five miniature motion sensors, two embedded in a knee sleeve on each leg and one on the back, ReLOAD captures and analyzes the wearer’s walking motion, and through standard ear buds, distorts the music whenever their gait deviates from its normal stride. Augmenting the music are the corrective commands the wearer would hear from a physical therapist, were one present. “There was nothing like this when I became an amputee,” said Jennifer Lopez, who lost her lower right leg in an accident three years ago and never tired of demonstrating the device over the three-day festival. “It’s a physical therapist in your pocket.” The director of nursing operations at University of Miami Hospital, Lopez said she was fortunate to have regular physical therapy during her recovery. But many new amputees, including military personnel at nearby Walter Reed Hospital, which is collaborating with UM on a ReLOAD study, often wait months for appointments,...

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Miami Day of Civic Hacking 10/21/17 focuses on Urban Resilience

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Miami Day of Civic Hacking 10/21/17 focuses on Urban Resilience

CCS is excited to be participating in Code for Miami's National Day of Civic Hacking. Join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Miami - Cambridge Innovation Center , located at the Converge Miami building (formerly University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park), 1951 NW 7th Avenue, Suite 600, Miami, FL 33136. National Day of Civic 'Hacking' is an annual international event centered on promoting open data initiatives and locals hacking ways to help improve their community. Thousands of people from around the world will tackle challenges using datasets central to their environment, government, public services, and other civic-oriented topics. Here in Miami the focus is on how our City can stay resilient beyond the face of natural disasters like Hurricane Irma. Participants will work on projects that help Miami and its most vulnerable populations be better prepared and connected. This event brings together urbanists, civic hackers, government staff, developers, designers, community organizers, and anyone with the passion to make our City better. This year's theme is "Innovation in Emergency Preparedness & Urban Resilience".  Challenge topics will include: Equity in South Florida Access to Data Citizen Engagement Transportation Health & Human Services   Find out more, see who's attending, and sign up at: https://www.meetup.com/Code-for-Miami/events/236655441/....

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GIS Day at UM Wednesday 11/15/17

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GIS Day at UM Wednesday 11/15/17

GIS Day at the University of Miami will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at the Donna E. Shalala Student Center, 1330 Miller Drive, Coral Gables 33146. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.  The featured Keynote Speaker will be Lauren James, Graphics Editor for National Geographic.  With a background in studio art, community development, and geography, Lauren is a graphics editor with a focus on cartography at National Geographic.  She works with a team dedicated to compelling storytelling across print and digital platforms. The Conference program will include: Forecasting natural disasters and dealing with the aftermath using GIS technology Cutting-edge GIS applications from local governments and researchers A first-hand hand look at student maps and a project poster competition Geospatial games For more information, or to sponsor:  Call 305-284-6679, or email spatial@miami.edu. Register today at miami.edu/gisday...

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Google is Putting its Massive Amount of Health and Disease Data to Use

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Google is Putting its Massive Amount of Health and Disease Data to Use

Consumers flock to Google to learn about health conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In recent years, the search engine has been looking for ways to put its growing volume of health data to use. Google's News Lab, which is designed to help journalists and researchers use Google tools for storytelling and understanding data, introduced a new tool this week specifically focused on health care and disease. On the website—Searching for Health—the lab developed a series of visualizations to show how health-related internet searches map to the actual spread of disease. For example, Google shows that in geographic areas where searches for cancer, heart disease, stroke and depression are high, so are actual occurrences of those diseases.  The data also shows trends over time. Google searches for obesity, for instance, have been steadily on the rise for the past decade. Whether Google's data can have a positive impact on public health and disease control is an open question. The site, a collaboration between Google, CCS Visualization Program Director Alberto Cairo, and research and design firm Schema Design, doesn't make any claims that it will. Read more at:  CNBC.com | written by Christina...

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What Happens When Google Turns Artists Loose On Its Search Data

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What Happens When Google Turns Artists Loose On Its Search Data

Google News Lab is inviting artists and designers to dig into its massive trove of data about what the world Googles.  Data journalists work at the crossroads of reportage and visual creativity. They tell stories by shaping information like journalists do, but they communicate through visceral and compelling visuals. The same can be said of data artists, who emphasize the illustrative qualities of visualization over facts and numbers—but who communicate stories in much the same way. As the data journalist Alberto Cairo, who is partnering with Google News Lab on a new artist-focused initiative, puts it: “The people we are collaborating with have this dual approach. Some call themselves artists, but their approach is journalistic in the sense that they don’t try primarily to produce art as a vehicle for self-expression, but as a means to communicate ideas.” Since 2015, Google News Lab has worked to make the company’s huge trove of Search data accessible to newsrooms. Most of the lab’s previous projects—such as the annual Year In Search that digs back through the year’s headline news, or initiatives to train journalists to incorporate data into their stories–introduce tools that make it easier to use data in news reporting. As Google News Lab data editor Simon Rogers points out, Google has access not only to a giant swath of data—but also to data that represents what people are really interested in, honestly and without agenda. Google doesn’t get its numbers by polling people or prompting them in any way; it simply pulls them from what people naturally search for.  “It takes you beyond the echo chamber of social media into what the world really thinks and cares about,” says Rogers. Rogers and his team wondered what would happen if they handed over access to that data to designers and artists instead—and gave them total freedom to choose not only what to visualize, but how. In collaboration with Cairo, they turned to a different group of professionals to parse Google’s Search information: data artists. Their Data Visualization Project, which began in December, aims to explore new ways of visualizing data through experimentation with artists and designers. The only requirements the project imposes on participants are that the work should push data journalism forward, and it should be mobile-friendly.       Read the rest of the story...

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Register now for the VizUM 4th Annual Symposium 11/16/17

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Register now for the VizUM 4th Annual Symposium 11/16/17

VizUM 2017   Creative Visualization Thursday, November 16 | 4:00-7:00 PM UM Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 FREE REGISTRATION       GIORGIA LUPI   Accurat.it  |  GiorgiaLupi.com   Gioriga Lupi is an award-winning information designer. She co-founded Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York, where she is the design director. She received her M-Arch at FAF in Ferrara, Italy, and earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Lilano. She relocated to New York City from Italy, where she now lives. She is co-author of Dear Data, an aspirational, hand-drawn, data-visualization book published by Princeton Architectural Press in the US, and by Penguin Random House in the UK. The original set of postcards has been recently acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. She recently gave a TED TALK on her Humanistic approach to Data. Data Humanism  How can data visualization design can make a difference and make data more meaningful for people’s lives? 
How can we make a real difference now that the ways we relate to information are evolving more rapidly than we realize? 
Now that we are past what we can call “peak infographics” and we are left with a general audience that understands much more of what we’re doing in our profession: an audience that is ready to welcome a second wave of more meaningful and thoughtful visualizations. Giorgia will discuss how to see this moment as an opportunity to jumpstart a new renaissance, where we can question the impersonality of a merely technical approach to data, where we are ready to reconnect numbers to what they really stand for: which are more and more our lives.         ANGUS FORBES  Computational Media Deparment | University of California, Santa Cruz   Angus Forbes is an Assistant Professor in the Computational Media Department at University of California, Santa Cruz, where he directs UCSC Creative Coding. His research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information; his interactive artwork has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world. For the last five years (2013-2017), Angus has chaired the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP), a forum that promotes dialogue about the relation of aesthetics and design to visualization research, and he is serving as the Arts Papers chair for ACM SIGGRAPH for 2018. Information about Angus's recent projects is available at https://creativecoding.soe.ucsc.edu. Creative and Critical Data Visualization  In this talk, Angus will present a range of recent projects that introduce current trends in the field of information visualization, including interactive representations of biological pathways and protein interaction networks, dynamic network visualizations of the human brain connectome, and a public art installation that explores connections between photographic images and literary themes in the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. In addition to describing details about these individual projects, Angus will explore the potentials of integrating artistic and scientific methodologies, and he will discuss the use of computational media approaches to augment visual analyses of complex data, and to enhance user engagement in immersive environments.                                                            Click...

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Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries 9/29/17

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Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries 9/29/17

Disaster Relief Mapathon at UM Libraries   The University of Miami Libraries are looking at the experience of our neighbors in Puerto Rico and Mexico and are seeking appropriate ways to reach out to them and help in any way possible. Along with Columbia University, Rutgers University, Boston University, and Trinity College, UML will host an event using the OpenStreetMap platform to help provide the Red Cross and other emergency first responders with data needed for disaster response in Puerto Rico and Mexico. This event is organized by Paige Morgan from the UM Libraries Digital Scholarship Group in collaboration with Alex Gil at Columbia University. September 29, 2017 | 2-5 p.m. Information Literacy Lab Otto G. Richter Library, 3rd floor | University of Miami 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, 33146 This event is free and open to the public. Lite refreshments will be provided. RSVP to p.morgan@miami.edu   How You Can Help Contribute your time to open-source mapping and help trace buildings and missing roads to support relief organizations in damage assessment and needs for support. These very basic tasks are easy to learn and training will be provided at the beginning of the event. What You Need to Know No mapping experience or knowledge of local geography is necessary. Limited laptops will be available so please bring your own device if possible.  Save time by creating a free account on OpenStreetMap prior to the event:  https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new.  While it's not required that you stay for the full length of the event, we suggest that you contribute at least one hour of your time. Learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team   Copyright © 2017 University of Miami Libraries, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this...

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Application Deadline for 2017-2018 CCS Fellows Program extended to 10/12/17

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Application Deadline for 2017-2018 CCS Fellows Program extended to 10/12/17

CCS Fellows Program 2017-2018 PLEASE NOTE: Owing to Hurricane Irma, the application  deadline has been extended to Thursday, October 12, 2017.    Collaborate, Grow, Stand Out The vision of the CCS Fellows Program is to inspire a new generation of leaders in computational science to cross the traditional boundaries between disciplines, by equipping them with new cross-disciplinary skills and experience. The Program does this by offering mentorship outside the students’ area of expertise.  This is a prestigious designation awarded to selected students. It is offered to two undergraduate students and two graduate students per year. Students from any of UM’s Schools and Colleges may apply. CCS Fellows develop their computational skills and expand their research experience under the guidance of two mentors. Both mentors are faculty members: The first is the student’s research adviser, and the second is identified by the CCS Fellows program and provides the computational research expertise. All Fellows have the opportunity to use CCS’s Advanced Computing facilities for their research, and to work closely with CCS faculty and staff. No stipend is offered, but there is a cash prize at the end. For the 2017-2018 cycle, the application and selection process will take place in the Fall semester. Competitive applicants have some experience in a computational setting, and are able to outline a cross-disciplinary project that they would like to pursue. The project details do not need to be clearly defined at the time of application, however, the disciplines that would come together in the project should be clearly stated.   Application Process, Materials, and Timeline Applicants are required to submit a completed Application Form, accompanied by: a transcript a CV, and in the case of graduate students, a support letter from their academic mentor. Applications for 2017-2018 opened on September 5, 2017.  The Steering Committee will meet within one week of the closing of applications to choose the CCS Fellows.  There will be two reminders before the deadline. The announcement will be emailed to offices of Undergraduate Research, Graduate Office (UM, Med Sch, RSMAS, CoE, CAS), and to student groups at CoE, CAS, Med School, and RSMAS. Media Relations will help publicize it internally (E-Veritas, etc.), and via student media. Submit a completed application with all supporting documents via email to ccsengagement@miami.edu.  Click here for Program Guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: Owing to Hurricane Irma, the deadline for applications has been extended to Thursday, October 12, 2017.    Selection Criteria Student must have computational skills sufficient to get started on the proposed The proposed project integrates ideas from more than two disciplines, one of which must be new to the student. Graduate students should have a well-formulated, achievable research question that is in line with their academic mentor’s letter of support. Graduate students need a support letter from their academic advisor or PI. Application must be complete, and must be well written, well organized, and thoroughly thought out. Previous research experience is not requisite, but is an advantage. Student must be in good standing with the...

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CANCELLED: Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium 9/14-16/17

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CANCELLED:  Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium 9/14-16/17

The 2nd annual Digital Humanities + Data Journalism Symposium has been CANCELLED due to Hurricane Irma. At this time, the DH+DJ Committee is looking at other dates in 2018 or 2019. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event. Please stay tuned to our website for more information. Once new dates have been scheduled, we will notify you. All Registrants will receive a full refund.  Refunds are already being processed. For further information, call 305-243-4962.      ...

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CCS Social Systems Informatics Members Flash Talks & Happy Hour 12/1/17

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CCS Social Systems Informatics Members Flash Talks & Happy Hour 12/1/17

Join us for Flash Talks and Happy Hour! The second meeting of the CCS Social Systems Informatics Members will now take place (reschedule post-Hurricane-Irma from 9/8) on Friday, 12/1 in the Abess Center (Ungar Building 230C-D) from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. Please feel free to drop in during those hours.  Refreshments (beer, wine, hors d'oeuvre) will be served.  CCS SSI Members will give flash talks (approx. 5 minutes each) on what they are currently working on.  You do not need to be a CCS Member or a CCS SSI Member to participate.  Hope to see you there.  This event is free and open to UM Faculty, Staff, and Students. For more information, please email ccsadministration@miami.edu.   Location The Leonard and Jayne Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy Arthur A. Ungar Building, Room 230C-D 1365 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146      ...

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